Dementia Care of the Elder
I. Course Prefix/Number: ECS 103
Course Name: ECS 103
Credits: 1: 1: 0
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
o Differentiate between normal aging and dementia.
o Describe signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
o Recognize behaviors caused by dementia as a form of communication.
o Develop effective strategies and techniques for care.
o Discuss the need for caregiver support.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. Cognitive Impairment
A. Alteration in cognition
B. Reversible Dementia
2. Signs and Symptoms
C. Non-Reversible Dementia
2. Signs and Symptoms
2. Alzheimer’s Disease
A. Changes in the Brain
B. Signs and Symptoms
C. Disease Progression
D. Behavior issues, behaviors as communication
iv. Catastrophic reaction
v. Sun downing
3. Person-Centered Care/strategies/techniques
A. Effective communication techniques
B. Ability focused care
C. Approaches to activities of daily living
D. Therapeutic activities
E. Normalization activities.
4 Dining experience/nutritional needs
A. Family atmosphere
B. Safety needs
5. Impacts of Cognitive Impairment
6. Caregiver Support
A. Community resources
B. Communicating with the health care team
C. Preventing burnout
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Requirements for Use: DVD player, computer. Course will be taught as face-to-face with an optional media-based component.
IX. Instructional Materials
Media-based components, both television-viewable and computer-readable DVDs, will allow students to access complementary instructional materials at personally convenient times and places.
Books will be referenced similar to:
Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, A Practical Tips Guide
& Pocket Reference of Tips and Strategies
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease, from The National Institute on Aging
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
In order to meet the requirements for a Certificate in Person-Centered Elder Support, students may wish to register for the 3 courses concurrently. Students must successfully complete PES 101, “The World of the Elder,” PES 102 “Person-Centered Communication,” and PES 103 “Dementia Care of the Elder” to be eligible for the certificate.
Students who wish to be awarded a certificate must have a Fingerprint Criminal Background Check for the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry. Criminal background checks are required and initiated during the PES 101 course
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.